Welcome to our meal plan week 2. This week we will be talking about leftovers in our plan. We try and stretch our food budget by using all our leftovers. They will either be used in the next day or two after the original meal, used for lunch, or frozen for quick meals at a later date.
Meal Plan Week 2 Menu
Sunday - Beef Brisket, steamed veggies, and mashed potatoes -
Monday - Vegangela's Coconut Curry Lentil Soup
Tuesday - Dairy Free Potato Soup
Wednesday - Wing Night with Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wing Recipe and a green salad
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Nachos
Saturday - BBQ burgers and our Fig and Kale Salad
More Details Meal Plan Week 2 and Top Tips
Beef Brisket, steamed veggies, and mashed potatoes -
To us Sundays are often a big family dinner. This week we are going to make a beef brisket. We follow the recipe from the blog Recipe Tin Eats where they do their beef brisket in a slow cooker. We have to change out the Worcestershire sauce for equal parts coconut aminos. Worcestershire sauce may contain fish, soy and/or barley/wheat. Mustard powder is replaced by ⅓ of the amount of turmeric in the dry rub, and ½ the amount of horse radish in the sauce. All made in a slow cooker so we can play games with the kids instead of cooking.
We will serve the brisket with mashed potatoes and a steamed veg like asparagus.
Top Tip: Save the leftovers for school lunch sandwiches on Monday.
One of our favourite meals created by Vegangela and can be found on their blog. We have found a lot of vegan blogs can be a great way to find new meal recipes that our family loves.
Top Tip: This soup can be made as mild as needed and crammed full of other vegetables like kale and butternut squash to get the kids to eat it.
We have a lot going on this day so we will make our Dairy Free Potato Soup so that those with activities can eat when needed.
Top Tip: To make this soup vegan, replace the bacon with a vegan bacon product, if it is safe for you or roasted chickpeas.
Wing Night! This is where our Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wing Recipe shines.
We buy split chicken wings at our local grocer. If you have a Costco their raw, unseasoned chicken wings at the meat counter work really well for this. It is an easy air fryer meal that can be cooked in batches. We usually serve this dinner with a green salad consisting of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, snap peas, and cut up orange peppers. Drizzle the salad with a dressing made of 3 parts olive oil and 1 part apple cider vinegar, a dash each of salt and pepper.
Top Tip: You can make your own different flavours by adding a few spices like paprika, cayenne, or chilli powder to the cornstarch before dredging.
We plan one night a week to either use a recipe that incorporates our leftovers or just do a buffet of leftovers. This night for us will be a buffet night. The kids usually choose what they would like first and us adults finish up the rest. It is the closest we get to a made to order dinner for each member of the family.
Top Tip: Using leftovers reduces our food bill and food waste. We always make sure anything we serve one night is still safe to eat by following safe food guidelines and has been stored properly.
We have found Gluten and Wheat free tortilla chips that work for us from La Cochina. Each child tops theirs as they would like. We put out toppings such as black beans, chickpeas, leftover taco meat we have frozen after another dinner, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, black olives, orange peppers. The kids love dipping the chips in homemade guacamole, and salsa.
Top Tip: We like Violife Cheese for nachos. It only takes a couple of minutes in the oven at 400F rather than broiling. Watch it closely as it can burn easily.
BBQ burgers and our Fig and Kale Salad.
We love this salad with burgers as we make extra sauteed onions as a burger topping. This is great in our house as the kids can decide what they want on their burgers.
Top Tip: We use pre-made patties from The Keg and buns from Little Northern Bakehouse (these are safe for us but check they are for you).
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Check out our Other Recipes
- Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes
- Budget Friendly Chicken Stock
- Cold Asparagus Salad with Dill
- Lemon Garlic Roasted Potatoes
- Allergen Friendly Lebanese Chicken Shawarma Recipe
We have to remind everyone that we are not medical professionals or dietitians, so these meal plans are not balanced for nutrition, they are for information purposes only. Please discuss any dietary concerns, changes, or proper meal plans with your medical team.
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